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Influenza

Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

 

Wellness Services is continuing to monitor and respond to information and advisories from Alberta Health related to the coronavirus. Health Services will have posted information and procedures within the clinic for individuals who have travelled outside of Canada and who are experiencing symptoms.

Alberta Health Service continues to reinforce the ways to reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, are to:

  • Wash your hands often and well
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
  • When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands

What Should I Do If I Think I Have COVID-19?
If you have symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing and have travelled outside Canada or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811. If you are not seriously ill, do not go to a physician’s office such as Health Services, a health care facility or a lab without consulting with Health Link 811 first. Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need immediate medical attention and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

For more information on the coronavirus, please visit mru.ca/COVID19.

How to be an influenza champion!

Get immunized
Getting your influenza immunization every season - and as early in each season as possible - is the single most effective way to arm yourself against influenza. All Albertans six months of age and older should be immunized each season. No matter how healthy you are now, without immunization, you are at risk. Why chance it?

Cover your cough
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing. If you don't have a tissue, always cough or sneeze into your arm, not into your hands. Throw away tissues after wiping your nose or covering a cough, and wash your hands.

Clean your hands
Using soap and warm water, wash your hands thoroughly and often, including after coughing, sneezing, using tissues or the washroom, and before eating or preparing foods. Alcohol-based hand rub or sanitizer can also be helpful if hands are not visibly soiled. Make a point of keeping hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose and mouth.

Stay home when sick
If you have symptoms of illness, including fever, cough, headache and extreme tiredness, stay home from work, school, daycare or any social function. Please also refrain from visiting family, friends or loved ones in hospitals, care facilities or seniors lodges, until you have fully recovered from any illness.

 

FAQ's

Influenza (also called the flu) is a respiratory disease that affects the following:

  • Nose
  • Throat
  • Lungs

Influenza is caused by a virus that can pass easily from person to person. The influenza infection lowers the body's ability to fight other infections, which can lead to pneumonia or bronchitis. Health conditions that can make influenza worse include diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease and cancer.

Most healthy people are able to recover from influenza without severe complications

Antibiotics do not work against influenza virus and other viral illness. Antiviral medications can be used for treatment or prevention.

Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

fever*
cough
sore throat
runny or stuffy nose
body aches
headache
chills
fatigue
sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

*It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc.).

Signs and Symptoms Influenza Cold
Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual
Fever Usual; lasts 3-4 days Rare
Aches Usual; often severe Slight
Chills Fairly common Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common
Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Headache Common Rare
Recommendation is that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the need to use a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®. Until then, you should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.